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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎264] (407/1782)

The record is made up of 2 volumes (1624 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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Station-
nair* of the
BritUh
Political
Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at
Baghdad,
1869-70.
The Oudh
Bequeet.
264
In 1869, the assent of the Porte to the replacement of the stationnaire
of the British Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , a surviving relic of the British Mesopota
mia n flotilla though not one of its original vessels, was obtained; but the
presence of the stationnaire was believed to be regarded with disfavour
by the Turkish authorities ; and in 1S70 the Government of India were
inclined, chiefly it would seem from considerations of expense, to acquiesce
in its disappearance. On the advice of Her Britannic Majesty's Ambas
sador at Constantinople, however, it was decided not to abandon the long-
established British privilege of maintaining an armed Government steam"
vessel at Baghdad.
In 1849 a large pecuniary benefaction appropriated to the towns ot
Karbala and Najaf by a deceased King of Oudh under an Agreement with
the Government of India, of which the founder had directed periodical
distribution to be made through Mujtahids resident at those places, came
into operation. The British Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Baghdad, as representing
the Government of India in Turkish 'Iraq, became the channel of pay
ment } and the magnitude of the " Oudh Bequest," as it was styled, which
already amounted to Rs, 7,334, a month—some £/ oO at the rate of ex
change then prevailing—and which would be increased later by the falling*
in of certain life interests in the deceased King's estate, invested it with
political importance. At first it was feared that the nature of the Bequest,
which was to be enjoyed by Persian and Indian Shi'ahs, might be mis
understood by the Sunni Government of Turkey and so lead to friction,
but this danger did not marialise. The British Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in
Turkish 'Iraq, however, chiefly with a view to the avoidance of political
difficulties, was authorised by the G overnment of India to exercise a
judicious superintendence " over the expenditure of the money.
In the course of time serious embarrassments, to which the loss from
view of the authentic Agreement sealed by the King of Oudh contributed
not a little, arose in connection with the practical administration of the
Bequest. Arrangements were made to secure to destitute Indianb at
Karbala, Najaf and Kadhimain, a share in the proceeds of the Bequest;
and these arrangements became interlaced in a highly inconvenient manner
with certain dispositions for non-official representation and protection of
British Indian interests at Karbala and Kadhimain. The disbursement of
the money having been left, apart from the safeguards introduced in t e
interest of Indians, entirely to Mujtahids of Karbala and Najaf, the
were to a large extent misappropriated or wasted. In 1S66, the questioi
of correcting this abuse was raised by the Nawab Iqbal -ud-Daulah.
publicspirited Indian nobleman of the Oudh royal family settled

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Theses two volumes make up Volume I, Part IA and Part IB (Historical) (pages i-778 and 779-1624) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part 1A contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914. There is also a 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (page v-viii) and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (pages ix-cxxx), both of which cover all volumes and parts of the Gazetteer .

Parts IA and IB consist of nine chapters:

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2 volumes (1624 pages)
Arrangement

Volume I, Part I has been divided into two bound volumes (1A and 1B) for ease of binding. Part 1A contains an 'Introduction', 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Trees' and 'Detailed Table of Contents'. The content is arranged into nine chapters, with accompanying annexures, that relate to specific geographic regions in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . The chapters are sub-divided into numbered periods according, for example, to the reign of a ruler or regime of a Viceroy, or are arbitrarily based on outstanding land-marks in the history of the region. Each period has been sub-divided into subject headings, each of which has been lettered. The annexures focus on a specific place or historical event. Further subject headings also appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally at the bottom of the page to provide further details and references.

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Foliation: The foliation sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. The sequence runs through parts IA and IB as follows:

  • Volume I, Part IA: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 1, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 456. Total number of folios: 456. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 460.
  • Volume I, Part IB: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 457, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 878. It should be noted that folio 488 is followed by folio 488A. Total number of folios: 423. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 427.
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